Oh, this just kills me. It's absolutely despicable, and I don't mean cute like the movie.
You know how I keep going on and on about ebooks and licensing? How you don't own them? DRM and all?
Well, one of the largest ebook providers to public libraries, Overdrive, has announced that "purchasing" a book on their system means you only get 26 check-outs. Then the book will disappear. (insert really unladylike language here).
One positive for libraries wrt ebooks has been the return on investment - but this could mean that a book costs about $1/checkout. That's totally not sustainable. I used to see books with more than 200 lifetime checkouts. Considering the fact that this would also include people renewing books (there is no real renewal, you have to check the book out again) if they didn't finish reading.
In print books you have the first sale doctrine. Here you are purchasing a block of uses (like we used to do with First Search databases for the librarians in the crowd). No point in models where you "buy" books at all. You should just get access to the database and pay an annual subscription.
We had a vendor try some crazy thing where we would pay them for all of their ebooks, but each one could only be downloaded once - ever. (crazy, huh? and this was tens of thousands of dollars).
Oh, oh, and another thing. They want to audit that you're not giving library cards to people outside your geographic area. Boooogus.
Overdrive should just stop carrying books from that particular publisher. Yeah, we would complain, but the principle is important.